Hurbanity,

building opportunities together

Hurbanity is a social enterprise for housing and property development that operates in Latin America and Europe. It is committed to building living spaces that bring together families from different socio-economic sectors. Its vision: to promote social diversity by facilitating access to dignified housing and by offering support for entrepreneurship.

Learn more about the future of decent housing and entrepreneurship.

Call us: +41 78 613.99.56

HURBANITY BUILDS THE FOUNDATION FOR SOCIAL DIVERSITY

Housing is a factor of socio-spatial segregation that can favor, but also limit, access to opportunities for positive development. At present, we primarily encounter housing projects that focus solely on housing, without understanding its socio-spatial context, providing economically vulnerable families access to just walls and a ceiling. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, these programs do not take into account the immediate environment. They often have restricted access to public services and economics centers, thus producing a form of isolation.
Based on this reality, Hurbanity’s primary objective, through its housing development projects, is to generate social diversity and, at the same time, economic opportunities for low-income residents.

A CROSS-SECTIONAL APPROACH FOR A GLOBAL IMPACT

Hurbanity designs community spaces, promotes the creation of communities, and supports entrepreneurship. The creation of local businesses and services in close proximity, the implementation of decision-making models based on participation, and the promotion of cultural activities all help to support and build local relations. A more consolidated social fabric can break the traditional models of social division and segregation. Hurbanity builds and strengthens alliances with NGOs and public local institutions, in order to supports families that want to access to relevant professional training. They receive the opportunity to be supported to develop small businesses, by providing them the possibility to improve in a sustainable way their economic situations.

HURBANITY, SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP OF THE FUTURE

During a 4-year cycle, Hurbanity designs and constructs homes and community spaces, simultaneously accompanying the development of the community and the establishment of local businesses and services..

Our vision, our mission and our values

Our mission

Hurbanity is a social enterprise for housing and property development that operates in Latin America and Europe. It is committed to building living spaces that bring together families from different socio-economic sectors. During a 4-year cycle, Hurbanity designs and constructs homes and community spaces, simultaneously accompanying the development of the community and the establishment of local businesses and services. Hurbanity acts to promote social diversity by facilitating access to dignified housing and by offering support for entrepreneurship

Our vision

Improve everyone’s life chances through socio-spatial mix.

Our values

  • Hurbanity values clever ideas that allow to looking outward for solutions,
  • Hurbanity believes in ambition as a factor of success in her actions,
  • Hurbanity defends humanism as answer to societal issues,
  • Hurbanity believes in dialogue, exchange, and encounters to improve understanding and tolerance between human beings,
  • Hurbanity wants to overcome the prejudices and fears, by promoting the “living together”,
  • Hurbanity is a social company independent of any political or religious movement.

Discover our partners

Andrés Sepúlveda

Urban sociologist, alumni of the National University of Colombia, Andrés holds a double master’s degree: one in Urban Management and Development from the IHS in Rotterdam and one in Architecture from the University of the Andes in Bogotá. Andrés has worked as a consultant on various infrastructure projects, where he was responsible for the environmental and social aspects. For two years now, he has been working at the Bogotá Housing Secretariat, where he has already contributed his knowledge on several alternative urban planning projects, mainly for the improvement of informal districts in Bogotá. He is currently in charge of a team responsible for formulating and monitoring the local management of these districts. For the past 3 years, he has also been a professor at El Bosque University in Bogotá. Andrés is interested in the processes of city construction, at the local level. In particular, he likes to understand how the self-managed interventions of communities in their neighbourhoods influence the ways in which residents and the various stakeholders in the territory interact, but also how these new local networks allow for the construction of a better living environment at the urban level. Another subject of particular interest to him is the mechanisms of urban governance, in order to better understand and inhabit cities.
Victoria is a consultant in gender strategies and social inclusion, with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Ethics, Peace and International Affairs specializing in gender, Victoria is a professional committed to building diverse and equitable societies based on gender equality and social justice. She founded her first NGO in Argentina at the age of 19 with the objective of working for the health of indigenous communities in the Chaco region. After working as a consultant for the High Chamber of the Argentine Congress, she was hired by the Washington DC Court of Justice as a defender of the rights of women victims of violence. In Colombia, she then worked for the United Nations Peace Agreement Verification Mission with FARC, and was responsible for the reincorporation of women ex-combatants, and currently offers her services to national and international organizations to help them develop their gender parity strategies and create social dynamics that promote the growth and development of the most vulnerable communities.

Maria Victoria Araoz Ortega

David Maridor

A business economist, with an MBA in entrepreneurship and innovation, a bachelor’s degree in business management and a half degree in political economy, David chose this path out of idealism. As a teenager, he wanted to obtain the necessary knowledge to understand the workings of the economy, and to enable its development in economically disadvantaged areas. working in Switzerland for more than 5 years within an international group active in the water fountain and coffee sector, he was in charge of a network of about 100 distributors spread throughout Switzerland. Managing logistical problems, statistical analyses, sales monitoring, invoicing, and relations with distributors and the company’s various departments were all tasks that characterized his daily work. Today, “the ideal of offering everyone the opportunity to live with dignity” still drives him, and it is for this reason that he decided to embark on the Hurbanity adventure.
Sebastián Contreras Rodríguez, a Chilean national, is an architect who has been living in Colombia since 2013. After graduating from Milan Polytechnic in 2002 and the Catholic University of Chile in 2003, he completed his master’s degree in Architecture at the same school in 2005. Sebastian has participated in numerous conferences and workshops at various Iberoamericanas Universities (Argentina, Panama, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Colombia, and Spain), and his line of research in development is based on habitat and its cultural and ecological values. He currently heads the architecture office Estación Espacial Arquitectos, and is also a university professor. Devoting part of his time to architectural research, he became passionate about astronomy in his spare time. Sebastian defends the development of an essential architecture, focusing on the design and construction of dignified houses, imagined from an architecture in m3 and not only in m2. Its houses seek to reflect the values of the cultural diversity of the inhabitants, while ensuring harmony with nature.

Sebastián Contreras Rodríguez

Get in touch with us, and get involved.

To join a Hurbanity community is choosing to take advantage to improve his everyday’s life. It’s living in a dignified house, benefiting from a model that builds and strengthens the social relations of the community, by benefiting of vocational training and of the opportunity to develop his own business activity to improve his everyday’s conditions of life and the one of his family.
But you can also get involved in Hurbanity helping with her financial development.

Sentier des saules, 1205
Genève, Suisse
Carrera 5 #26a -47,
Bogotá, Colombie

Tél.: +41 78 613.99.56

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